Arsenal, the Premier League, and the Phenomenon of the Big Club

A seminar as part of the Sport Business Centre Seminar Series

Given by: Alex Fynn

B20 Lecture Theatre
Main Birkbeck Building
Torrington Square
London WC1

Monday 29th September 2014 at 6pm

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This event will operate under “Chatham House Rules” – no external reporting without the permission of the speaker.

Attendance is free and open to all.


The Premier League is the biggest in the world in terms of income. It towers over all the other European leagues, and yet it does not have the concomitant success in UEFA club competitions that its financial dominance should suggest i.e. it does not dominate the Champions League. Alex Fynn argues that Arsenal and the other top English clubs – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United – are all underperforming in Europe whilst their rivals at home, such as Newcastle and Tottenham do not offer a sustained challenge. He asserts that, in the Premier League, unlike the Bundesliga, life is on the side of the big battalions to the detriment of the English national team and all the clubs outside the Premier League. He argues that this balance can be re-addressed not by hankering after the 39th game but by recognising that the future of English football depends on more than 20 clubs and 20 academies alone.

Alex Fynn picture

Alex’s presentation  draws on the analysis in his recently published co-authored book Arsène & Arsenal  the follow up to the best-selling Arsènal – The Making of Modern Superclub (first published in 2008 with new editions in 2009 and 2011)


Contact details

Twitter: Follow Alex @AlexFynn1

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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